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Danoptra appoints Director of Legal Services

Specialist in Gambling Law and Policy ensures Group compliance

Friday 30th November 2007

Danoptra Holdings Ltd, a leading player in the UK gaming and amusement machines sector and parent company of Gamestec Leisure Limited and Bell-Fruit Group, has announced the appointment of Nick Hawkins as Director of Legal Services.

The newly created role will see Mr. Hawkins assume responsibility for all legal and regulatory matters, ensuring that Danoptra and its associated companies are fully compliant with gaming legislation and effectively meet all statutory requirements.

Mr. Hawkins has nearly thirty years experience of regulatory and compliance law enforcement issues, with a particular specialism in Gambling Law and Policy. He joins Danoptra from leading City law firm, Halliwells, where he was Head of Gambling Law.

Prior to this he was with two other international law firms, one of which was Harris Hagan, specialist City Gambling and Leisure Law practice.

From 1992 until April 2005 Mr. Hawkins was a Member of Parliament, holding a number of key roles in Government and Opposition including Shadow Home Office Minister, Shadow Solicitor-General and twice as Shadow Gambling Minister in 2000-1 and 2003-4.

In this new role, Mr Hawkins’ skills as a senior Barrister with up-to-date knowledge of compliance, corporate governance and regulatory issues will provide Danoptra with an in-house legal expert capable of working with the organisation and its divisions to ensure ongoing compliance as well having as the ability to identify commercial opportunities for the company in the face of legislative change.

Chief Executive of Danoptra Holdings, Derek Lloyd, said: “We are pleased to welcome Nick as our Director of Legal Services. Legislative change, such as the recent implementation of the Gambling Act, represents both challenge and opportunity for any company within the gaming industry. The creation of this new role, and Nick’s extensive skills and experience, will allow us to effectively meet our legal obligations whilst helping us to identify commercial opportunities that arise as the result of change.

Nick will also represent the Group at on all relevant Committees and Boards, to ensure that the Group’s interests are represented.'


For further information contact:

Ian Green, GREEN Communications

Tel: 0845 4503210 Mobile: 07855 341283 email: ian@

Eloise Garrett, GREEN Communications

Tel: 0845 4503210 email: eloise@

Editors Notes

Gamestec, part of Danoptra Holdings Ltd, has more than 50 years of experience in the gaming and amusement machines business. With more than 1,300 employees, providing operating services to some 40,000 machines in the UK Gamestec is one of the largest operators in the country.

Gamestec operate machines for customers of all sizes in many different markets, including pubs, bars, leisure venues, licensed betting offices, clubs, bingo halls, casino’s and adult gaming centres.

The company invests equally in both people and technology, and aims to deliver the highest quality in customer service and is a key member of both the British Amusement Caterers Trade Association (BACTA) and Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL).

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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